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Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

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Your Experience

There are over 1400 galleries inside the Vatican Museums that are home to artwork from all over the world that are several centuries old - from the Egyptians to the Sumerians and the Romans to the Etruscans. The Sistine Chapel hosts frescoes by the world-famous sculptor Michaelangelo, which are worth viewing. His well-known sculpture, Pietà, can be found at St. Peter's Basilica, which is on the itinerary as well.

You will be escorted directly into the Vatican Museums from the entrance, skipping the long queues outside. Once you meet your guide, he/she will take you through the Museums. The tour route is meticulously planned and will showcase the Museums' most important collections, such as the Galleries (of the Tapestries, of the Geographical Maps, of the Candelabras), the Roman, Greek and Renaissance sculptures (including Apollo of the Belvedere and the Laocoon), the treasures of the Popes, and the picture gallery thronged by Flemish paintings and the works of contemporary and medieval artists. From the Sistine Chapel you will enter the Basilica of San Pietro from a special entrance, reserved exclusively for authorized guides and their groups.

Sites Covered

  • Pinecone Courtyard
  • Octagonal Courtyard
  • Gallery of the Muses
  • Round Room
  • Greek Cross Room
  • Gallery of Tapestries
  • Gallery of Maps
  • Gallery of the Candelabra
  • Sistine Chapel
  • St. Peter’s Basilica

  • Skip the line at the entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.
  • An expert guide will take you through some of the most famous attractions here, including the Greek Cross Room, the Gallery of the Candelabra and St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Live tour commentary via audio headset.
  • There is a special entrance to the Basilica of San Pietro from the Sistine Chapel.

Know Before You Go

Important Information

On rare occasions St. Peter’s Basilica may spontaneously close for religious services, mass preparations or ceremonies. In these last minute/second cases, we are unable to provide discounts or refunds but we will provide you with a more detailed tour inside the Vatican Museums. In such instances, you might have to come back on another day and visit the Basilica by yourself.

Timings

This tour is available at 10 AM and 1:30 PM from Monday-Saturday. You will be granted entry only on the date and time of the booking. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel will remain closed on Sundays.

Languages Available

English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, and Russian.

Dress Code

The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel follow a strict dress code. Please ensure that your knees and shoulders are covered. Ensure that you aren't wearing the following: Sleeveless blouses, miniskirts, shorts, and hats. Comfortable shoes are recommended as the tour involves a considerable amount of walking.

Child Tickets

At the time of checkout, you will have the option to book tickets for both adults and children. Child tickets have reduced pricing so please select these according to the age specified for these tickets. Please carry valid ID for all members in your party for whom you're booking reduced pricing tickets to confirm their age if required.

Super Flexible Cancellation Policy

You may cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

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You will receive an email with your Guided Tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel voucher shortly. Please display your voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the redemption point.

Students below the age of 26 can purchase tickets at discounted rates and MUST carry their student IDs to verify age and gain entry.

Meeting Point

Maya Tours Office Via Germanico, 16, 00192 Roma RM, Italy. This point is 2 minutes away from the Vatican Museum entrance.

How to Get There

Closest metro stop is “Ottaviano”, Line A.

  • Skip the line at the entrance to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel.
  • Expert guide who will take you through the Museums and the Sistine Chapel.
  • Live tour commentary via audio headset. Headsets to listen to the guide even at a distance (from 6 pax).
  • Special entrance to the Basilica of San Pietro from the Sistine Chapel.

Customer reviews

Overall rating
4.8 / 5

based on 423 reviews

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